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Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days!

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days--6 Events, 4 Days, 1 Great Orchestra, 1 Great City

The Fabulous Philadelphians Onstage and Offstage!

Capping off a season that saw exhilarating artistic highlights, packed houses, an unanticipated free Pop-Up Concert, and hundreds of musicians "PlayingIN," The Philadelphia Orchestra steps off the Verizon Hall stage and traverses the neighborhoods of its hometown for a week of free events. Philadelphia Orchestra Free Days, May 12-15, are an opportunity for the Orchestra to give an encore performance to its audiences, sharing music-making with musicians and audiences alike.


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Sound All Around Concert

Presented by

Monday, May 12 11:00 AM

Parkway Central Library Auditorium
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street

Charlotte Blake Alston Host and Storyteller
Loren N. Lind Flute
Graeme Burgan Piano

The Philadelphia Orchestra's Sound All Around series offers entertaining and engaging programs for children ages 3-5 throughout the year--bringing orchestral music to life for a new generation of listeners.

This interactive 45-minute program focuses on the flute and features award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, Philadelphia Orchestra flutist Loren N. Lind, and pianist Graeme Burgan. Children will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the flute while listening to stories, singing songs, and moving to the music.

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.

The Sound All Around program is presented in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia.


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Side-by-Side Rehearsal with
Tune Up Philly and PRYSM

Tuesday, May 13 4:00 PM

Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia
4200 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia

Cristian Macelaru Conductor

The Orchestra joins with musicians from two youth orchestras, Tune Up Philly and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), ensembles of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, in a Side-by-Side rehearsal at the Salvation Army Kroc Center of Philadelphia. Led by Associate Conductor Cristian Macelaru, the Side-by-Side rehearsal provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for developing musicians to play with their professional counterparts and receive one-on-one coaching. Among the pieces that will be performed are Paul Smith's Suite for Young Orchestra and Memory of Pachelbel, Mozart's A Little Night Music, and Leroy Anderson's Jazz Pizzicato.

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.

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Philadelphia Orchestra SingIN

Wednesday, May 14 6:30 PM

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Rossi Conductor
Soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Alan Harler Artistic Director

Handel Excerpts from Suite No. 2 from Water Music
Handel Part I from Messiah
Handel "Hallelujah," from Messiah

Due to overwhelming response and popularity, we are pleased to announce that the SingIN will now take place in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.

Vocalists can sing-along with Orchestra musicians to selections from Handel's Messiah at a SingIN in Verizon Hall. Conducted by Michael Rossi, the evening features soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. The SingIN continues the Orchestra's highly successful PlayIN concept, going beyond the instrumental into the vocal world.

If you would like to participate in the SingIN, the following PDFs are the six choruses from Handel’s Messiah that will be performed. Please download the music in advance and bring with you the night of the event. Or feel free to bring your own score. 

Chorus 1
And the Glory of the Lord
  Chorus 2
And He Shall Purify
  Chorus 3
For Unto Us a Child is Born
Chorus 4
Glory to God
  Chorus 5
His Yoke is Easy
  Chorus 6



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Side-by-Side Rehearsal
with Lower Merion Symphony

Wednesday, May 14 7:30 PM

Harriton High School
600 N. Ithan Ave., Rosemont

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Philadelphia Orchestra members participate in a Side-by-Side rehearsal with the Lower Merion Symphony, conducted by newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman.

Tickets are not required; available seating is first come, first served.


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Lunchtime Concert and "Conduct Us" Opportunity

Presented by

Thursday, May 15 12:00 PM

Market & Shops at Comcast Center
1701 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Grieg Excerpts from "Holberg" Suite
J. Strauss, Jr., & Josef Strauss "Pizzicato" Polka
Mozart First movement from Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music)
Dvorak Fifth movement from Serenade for Strings

Would-be conductors will have the opportunity to guide a performance of members of the famous Philadelphia string section during this one-of-a kind lunchtime concert Thursday, May 15, at noon at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. During the performance, audience members may step up and take the baton to conduct the musicians themselves in an excerpt from the first movement from Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music).

This event is free and open to the public.

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Neighborhood Concert

Presented by

Thursday, May 15 6:00 PM

Urban Outfitters, Inc., Headquarters at the Navy Yard
Navy Yard, Building #543, 16th Street and Flagship Avenue

Lio Kuokman Conductor

Tchaikovsky Polonaise, from Eugene Onegin
Waldteufel "The Skaters'" Waltz
Dvorak Slavonic Dance, Op. 46, No. 4
Smetana Overture to The Bartered Bride
Strauss "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz

Philadelphia Orchestra newly-named Orchestra Assistant Conductor Designate Lio Kuokman leads his first Neighborhood Concert when the Orchestra heads down to the Navy Yard for a FREE concert hosted by Urban Outfitters, Inc.

This Neighborhood Concert is free and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Tickets, however, are required. Please note the concert will begin at 6:00 PM. ADA and wheelchair accessible seating will be available on site, tickets should be reserved online in advance with the general public.